The government of Kwara State has said it will pay workers despite its lean purse.
It added that it will augment the August 2016 federal allocation to local government councils with N180 million to ensure workers were paid.
Commissioner for Finance Alhaji Demola Banu, who addressed reporters after the August meeting of the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) in Ilorin, yesterday, said the August statutory allocation for the 16 councils stood at N1,014,706,902.57, with an exchange gain difference of N132,284,863.09 and refund of bank charges of N5,680,991.19.
The commissioner explained that the fund was appropriated in line with laws guiding the local government account, which included LG and LGEA pension N109,255,955.11 (10 per cent), Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the government N59,400,000, among others.
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the governor Dr. Muideen Akorede restated the government’s commitment to solving the lingering salary crisis.